62 project will improve safety, reduce congestion
way negotiations for construction easements along Crater Lake Highway — from Poplar Drive to Delta Waters Road —
are at the heart of the behind-the-scenes this fall preparation for the Oregon
62 Expressway project.
of way work is not as visible as construction work but it is no less important
to the overall project,” said ODOT Project Leader Dick Leever. “Even though a
lot of the right of way along the Oregon
62 corridor is owned by our agency, there are gaps.
of way agents are meeting with local property owners to secure the additional
easements we need to provide the construction contractor room to work.”
corridor is a critical business connection for freight, tourism and commuters.
“Oregon 62 and Delta
Waters Road is the busiest intersection in the
entire southwest Oregon
region,” said Leever. “The traffic counts are higher than those at I-5 north of
million multimodal project is designed to increase capacity and improve safety
along the Oregon
62. The highway exceeds capacity standards and future growth is expected to
significantly increase traffic volumes.
The project’s engineering team recently fine-tuned the conceptual design, leading to $15 million in savings. The changes included:
• Building a short bridge over Commerce Drive to access the properties located along the east side of the Medford Airport instead of a series of streets from Vilas Road;
• Replacing the planned connection of Justice Road with East Gregory Road with an emergency vehicle access from the expressway; and
• Modifying the bridge over Vilas Road to accept a tighter diamond interchange design when on- and off-ramps are eventually constructed.
crash data on corridor intersections, especially from Interstate 5 to Delta Waters Road,
are a safety concern.
multimodal project adds sidewalks and transit-related enhancements on the
62 corridor. The project will also build a four-lane access-controlled
expressway that provides faster travel and improved safety within and
throughout the region.
4.5-mile expressway will start with three lanes of eastbound traffic at Poplar
and Bullock Roads near Fred Meyer. Through traffic will turn left on a small
directional interchange located across from Whittle Road. Traffic will then travel
along a four-lane expressway on the east side of the Medford Airport,
span over Vilas Road,
and connect to the existing Crater
Lake Highway near Corey Road. Traffic destined for
commercial centers such as Costco, Lowe’s and Safeway will continue as is done
The first construction
phase is slated to begin in 2014.
to Leever, the most challenging segment during the first construction phase is
located where traffic already runs heavy, between Poplar Drive and Delta Waters Road. ODOT plans to take
advantage of a wide section of its own right of way on the south side of that highway
staging is crucial to keep traffic moving and business accesses open,” said
Leever. “Much of the first-phase work will be completed at night or behind
solid barrier to limit the impacts to traffic.”
be shifted from one side of the roadway to the other with construction occurring
behind a concrete barrier.
From the Final Environmental Impact Statement
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